Any company that disposes of more than 500kg of hazardous waste per annum has a legal obligation to ensure redundant electronic equipment is disposed of in line with new legislation, known as the WEEE Directive.
What is the WEEE Directive?
Every year an estimated 2 million tons of WEEE items are discarded by householders and companies in the UK. WEEE includes most products that have a plug or need a battery. The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE Directive) became legislation in 2007. The aim of the directive is to reduce the amount of WEEE being disposed of via landfill and promote reuse wherever possible. Put simply business and organisations can no longer treat WEEE as general waste and instead should implement a policy to ensure that their WEEE is retired in line with the directive. As the process is relatively complex, businesses and organisations almost always engage the services of an external IT disposal company to facilitate the process. Further information relating to the WEEE Directive is readily available online.
Why is WEEE Recycling Needed?
The benefits of WEEE recycling are manifold. The avoidance of disposal via landfill or incineration reduces air, ground and water pollution and has obvious benefits to the environment, and to the health of people that live or work near landfill sites. By recycling electronic waste, we are conserving natural resources and reducing the need for manufacturing new products, which subsequently results in a reduction of manufacturing costs and also greenhouse gas emissions.
What are the benefits of WEEE Recycling?
It has been estimated that 50 million tons of electronic waste (e-waste) is generated annually, with only 15-20% being recycled. The remaining waste goes to landfill or for incineration. Electrical and electronic waste can contain hazardous heavy metals such as lead, mercury and cadmium. When e-waste is incinerated or taken to landfill, these dangerous substances can pollute the air, ground and surface water, and subsequently poison land and sea animals. Heavy metals can also find their way into crops and drinking water. In the USA it has been estimated that 70% of the heavy metals found in landfill sites originate from discarded electronics.
How is my data erased securely?
Our software communicates with the system board Basic Input-Output Subsystem (BIOS) functions to access hardware directly. It uses Logical Block Addressing (LBA) access if necessary to clean FAT32 drives more than 8 Gb in size. To erase data it overwrites all addressable locations on the drive several times.
For example, in US DoD 5220.22-M method it overwrites all addressable storage and indexing locations on the drive three times: with zeros (0x00), complement (0xFF) and random characters; and then verifies all writing procedures. This complies with the British HMG IS5 Enhanced and US DoD 5220.22-M security standard.
Can my hard drives be physically destroyed?
We can supply an on or off site crushing service using CESG higher level approved products. This service can be purchased separately or built into your reclamation package.
Are Carbon Footprint offsets in line with PAS 2060?
Yes, any Verified Carbon Standard (VCS), Gold Standard VERs or Kyoto compliant offset credits purchased from us will meet the offsetting part of the PAS 2060 guidance on carbon neutrality, therefore assuring your carbon neutral claims.
How are Carbon Footprint’s offsets verified?
We work with CarbonFootPrint.com to ensure this scheme is administered correctly.
Carbon Footprint offer a full range of high quality carbon offsets for customers to choose from. We have adopted a strict protocol for the management of our offsets and supply chain, from the inception of our business. We carry out careful due diligence of our project collaborators and suppliers before we offer any products to you.
Our projects are verified against the international standards such as the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS), Gold Standard and Certified Emission Reductions.
Ongoing management of our carbon offset project portfolio is fully traceable and part of our ISO9001 certification. We keep detailed records of all purchases made through this website, along with a database of all offline sales (most of which are made to businesses). We also have a monitoring system in place, which records when tree planting has occurred or offsets have been retired, allowing offsets to be cross referenced individual with customer purchases.
Following a QAS approved carbon footprint calculation, all the carbon offsetting projects on this web site meet the requirements under the Quality Assurance Standard (QAS) for Carbon Offsetting. As part of this we are audited to ensure all offsets sold are retired on appropriate registries within 12 months of you purchasing.
What should I look for when selecting a reputable IT disposal company?
There are now over 800 registered IT disposal companies, yet less than 10% of these can genuinely provide a bonafide secure service and have the accreditations to back this up. Cost should not be your primary decision making factor, however as the industry has become increasingly competitive you should be able to find a reputable disposal company who can still provide a cost effective service. Accrediting bodies such as ADISA are a good source of reputable IT disposal companies as any ADISA member has to pass strict criteria in terms of security and scope of service.
What questions should I be asking when choosing an IT disposal partner?
Do they have a Waste Carrier license?
- Do they have an Environmental Permit?
- Do they use their own transport and drivers?
- Do they issue WEEE documentation for each collection?
- Do they erase data to recognised standards?
- Do they provide detailed asset reports for all equipment collected?
- Are they certified members of an accredited governing body?
What else should I look out for?
You should always ask any prospective company to forward sample documentation prior to engaging with them. You will be amazed at the variance between companies as to content and quality. Request a site visit. Again you will amazed at the difference in set ups. A flashy website can hide a multitude of sins. If the company appears reluctant to offer a site visit, look elsewhere. You don’t even have to visit their facility, however the fact that they are willing for you to view their operations should give you a level of comfort and peace of mind. Seek references from some of their credible customers, not the local green grocer. Sounds obvious, but many people simply don’t bother.
Can you generate any publicity for charity/community donations of credits?
Rebuyer use a leading PR company to generate added value for our clients wishing to use their credits to support charities and community groups:
- Proactive PR campaign for relevant regional, B2B and energy efficiency media which will show the client’s commitment to environmental energy savings, CSR and supporting good causes.
- Client(s) will also get the opportunity when applicable to be part of features in key trade media where examples of good practice are required.
- We monitor forward features lists for key publications ie Carbon Action News and will be putting forward stories on the work of Rebuyer and its clients.
- Representatives will be able to provide comments to include in press releases, along with a bespoke press release on their own involvement with the company. Full cuttings of all coverage achieved